Chick-fil-A Is Closed On Sundays; Why Would You Open One In An NFL Stadium?

Chick-fil-A is a restaurant/fast food chain that is unique for more than just their chicken sandwiches. They are also a religious company that is closed on Sundays. This is a choice that weighs faith as more important as profit, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. The company has locations all across the country, but we're going to take a closer look at the city of Atlanta, where there are Chick-fil-As in multiple sports stadiums including Sun Trust Stadium, home of the Atlanta Braves and Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons.


To open a Chick-fil-A franchise, you have to agree to the rule put in by found Truett Cathy to remain closed on the seventh day — which becomes an issue when you open a franchise inside of an NFL stadium, a sport played largely on Sundays.

In the upcoming season, the Falcons have eight home games, seven of them being played on Sunday. The eighth is a Thursday night game. During those seven home games and for other events that take place on Sundays, Chick-fil-A's area has the signage flipped and it becomes a regular, non-branded concession stand.

The Chick-fil-A stand will be open for two college football games and for the 11 non-Sunday home games of the stadium's other tenants, the Atlanta United of Major League Soccer.

So, why would you open a stand in a stadium if it's only going to be open 14 times? Can you make enough money from that to justify the expense? It seems like a waste, unless Chick-fil-A was the official chicken sponsor of the Flacons — but they're not. That's actually Zaxby's, who just signed a five year contract for the privileged and, oddly enough, don't have a stand at the stadium. But if Falcons fans really want a chicken sandwich during the team's game, there are two other places that have them… including one that is called the Closed-On-Sunday Chicken Sandwich.

Source: ESPN 

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